18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head

Ridgid X4 18-Volt Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit (5-Tool)

Model #9651 – $499

Warranty is HUGE: With free registration, this tool is covered for life. FREE Batteries. FREE Parts. FREE Service. FOR LIFE

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Kit Includes: Work Light, Reciprocating Saw, Circular Saw, Impact Driver, Hammer / Drill Driver, (2) 4.0 Ah batteries and charger.

For years we’ve been saying that Ridgid is a hidden gem for contractors and PRO’s. Their 5 tool combo kit epitomizes that statement when you consider the quality of the tools compared to the overall price point. Combine that with one of the best warranties on the market and we feel this combo kit is definitely worth consideration for any contractor.

The Ridgid X4 18V Combo kit we evaluated includes five tools: LED work light, 6-½” circular saw, reciprocating saw, impact driver, compact hammer drill, charger, and two 4.0 Ah battery packs. The kit comes with a large canvas storage bag with ample room for all the tools.

  • LED Work Light #R8691 – Dual mode switches between spot light and area light and includes a retractable rafter hook.
  • 6-½” Circular Saw #R8651 – 5,000 RPM motor speed, 50 degree bevel capacity, trigger light, blower port for dust removal and electric brake.
  • Reciprocating Saw #R8641K – On/Off orbital action, adjustable tool-free shoe, ¾” stroke length, and grip light.
  • Impact Driver #R86034 – 1,750 in-lbs of torque, ¼” hex, removable belt hook, grip light, and one handed quick-load bit change.
  • Hammer Drill #R8611501 – Compact ½” hammer drill, 1/2 in. single sleeve ratcheting chuck carbide locking mechanism, grip light, 25600 blows per minute, mode selector which allows quick transition between driving, drilling or hammer modes without changing the clutch setting.

This kit may not be considered “premium” like some of the others, however Ridgid is certainly a contender for entry level Pros, medium duty use, or contractors looking for an affordable cordless kit option.

The impact driver and reciprocating saw were notable standouts among the five tools. The reciprocating saw is the only 18V cordless saw among the tools we tested that offers a switch to change from regular cutting motion to orbital motion. This feature opens the kit up to both carpenters and mechanical contractors.

This kit comes standard with two 4.0 Ah battery packs which adds to the overall value of this kit. Some of the other kits come with smaller batteries (Dewalt is (2) 3.0 Ah). The Ridgid battery packs also include a fuel gauge which is a nice added feature and the included charger only take 50 minutes for a full charge.

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When it comes to durability Editor Todd Fratzel feels the kit holds up very well. Both he and his crew have been using the X4 platform for over a year and the tools have performed very well. Out of all the tools in the kit the circular saw is the least “robust” with it’s lightweight shoe.

Overall we’d give this kit 4.5 out of 5 stars due to it’s value, warranty and overall performance.

 

About the author

Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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10 Comments

  1. Bryndin

    Sorry but I disagree with the ridgid even with the warranty it’s brutal batteries suck and either are stuck in tool or won’t click in and if you take it back chances are the warranty is life time but they will hold on for ever in getting it fixed and back to you if it breaks just go but something else really.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Bryndin – I’ll have to disagree with your assessment. I use Ridgid cordless tools all the time, and my crew does as well, and they have performed very well. We’ve never had trouble with batteries getting stuck or not clicking into place. If you properly fill out the warranty there really isn’t an issue at all getting them replaced.

      1. Bret T

        I agree, although I own Milwaukee M-12 and M-18 lines, I’ve been purchasing Ridgid tools for my individual crew members who don’t take care of their tools . . . i.e. misplace and or trash them rapidly . . . I clean and where possible service my tools weekly, most of my men do not. That being said, I’ve used and watched Ridgid tools being used and abused. Rigid is a quality product and the value is truly outstanding. Are the Ridgid products as good as the M-12 and M-18 line???? Certainly they are not as extensive, not quite as powerful but they feel solid in ones hands, they do the job asked of them, albeit not quite as powerfully as the M18’s. If the Ridgid line were as extensive as the Milwaukee, if it updated and offered new selections of tools more frequently, there is no way I could justify buying M-18 line because of the $$ premium one has to pay for the Milwaukee line. The truth is, from my experience . . . Rigid, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, and Bosch all offer tools that I could only dream of 20 years ago . . . . heck , , I’m not even sure I could dream of these tools 20 years ago they are all so good. For me, the most important determinant of tool line is “one battery for all tools” and extensive tool line. If I were starting from scratch . . . and I will be doing just that in a few months . . . It would be a very difficult decision on which line to build a foundation on.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Bret – Couldn’t agree more. Ridgid is a hidden gem in our industry. Not many people realize, but Ridgid is owned by the same parent company that owns Milwaukee (TTI).

  2. Michael Frontera

    Great review guys! I know this was a tremendous amount of work. I am an electrician and have always been a DeWalt guy But Milwaukee as of late has really been killing it. I already have some M12 tools but I just can’t do another battery platform. I have already invested in about 9 or 10 DeWalt 20v max batteries. Thanks Guys!

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  5. Aaron

    I’ve used rigid cordless tools for the last 11 years. My first set, including the hammer drill, impact and sawzall worked great and lasted 8 years. Since then I’ve been replacing tools one after another. If I could I would replace them all with the originals. Despite their weight and size they were by far the best I’ve ever owned. The new ones weigh less are more compact and break far too easy. Now I have to decide weather I go with the Milwaukee m18 fuel or the dewalt.

  6. Steve

    Just a comment about battery voltages. ALL the tools have 18-volt batteries. Some claim 20 volt, but that’s misleading. Li-Ion cells are all 3.6 volts. All the tools have 5 cells. 3.6 x 5 = 18 volts. Sure, after a full charge you might be about to read 20 volts with a meter, but that would be the case with any of the manufacturer’s batteries.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      You are correct Steve. Marketing mumbo jumbo!

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